By Miriam Jordan The New York Times Tues., Dec. 11, 2018 They make beds in inns across the country. They pick oranges in Florida, strawberries in California and vegetables in Ohio. And they have built new subdivisions in Phoenix, Atlanta and Charlotte. For years, policymakers have talked about shutting off the influx of undocumented workers. But the economy has grown to rely on them. Ending illegal immigration, say many of those who have studied the issue, could mean that American workers would lose their jobs, companies would close and the economy would contract. In recent years, though, border security has tightened considerably, a strong economy has driven down unemployment, and many employers, particularly those offering low-paid jobs, say there are few alternatives to hiring workers without legal documents. U.S. President Donald Trump, it turns out, is caught on both sides of the balance between border security and economic prosperity. Article Continued Below … [Read more...] about 8 million people are working illegally in the U.S. Here’s why that’s unlikely to change.
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By Miriam Jordan The New York Times Thu., Dec. 6, 2018 BEDMINSTER, N.J.—During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies. When he visited as president, she was directed to wear a pin in the shape of the American flag adorned with a Secret Service logo. Because of the “outstanding” support she has provided during Trump’s visits, Morales in July was given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency inscribed with her name. Quite an achievement for an immigrant housekeeper living in the country without legal permission. Morales’ journey from cultivating corn in rural Guatemala to fluffing pillows at an exclusive golf resort took her from the southwest border, where she said she crossed illegally in 1999, to the horse country of New Jersey, where she was hired at the Trump … [Read more...] about Immigrant woman worked at Trump’s golf club without proper documents — she wasn’t the only one
By Daniel Dale Washington Bureau Chief Fri., Oct. 19, 2018 ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF.—Cindy Hopkins grimaces a little when she talks about the president she voted for. Hopkins is a Republican-leaning fiscal conservative, a corporate vice-president of human resources in one of California’s wealthiest cities. She likes what Donald Trump has done on the economy. But his personality pains and worries her, and she doesn’t know if she’d vote for him again. More importantly, she doesn’t know which party she’ll choose in the congressional midterms in November. “Being a human resources person, I would just handle things really differently,” Hopkins, 51, said last week at a mall in Mission Viejo, about an hour southeast of Los Angeles. “He’s doing some good things. But personally, as a mom to a son, his knee-jerk reactions and ego scare me. From a standpoint of: I don’t want my boy in war next year. And … [Read more...] about The real swing voters of Orange County: Wealthy California districts that are key to the U.S. midterms
By Chris Halliday Orangeville Banner Mon., Feb. 26, 2018 While thanking volunteers for assisting in the search for Kaden Young in the Grand River, Dufferin OPP is urging the public to refrain from using drones to look for the 3-year-old boy. The OPP helicopter searching the area has encountered three private drones, police said. “This is interfering with a detailed search of the area,” the OPP said in a news release Monday. “OPP advise that only aircraft in the area will be the OPP helicopter and the OPP drone. The OPP thank the public for the assistance in this search.” Kaden is still missing after he was pulled from his mother’s arms and swept into the Grand River near Waldemar early Wednesday morning. The search wrapped up its sixth day Monday. OPP said Monday that they will be gradually scaling back search efforts as they reassess conditions in the 13-kilometre stretch from Waldemar to Belwood Lake that the search has been narrowed to. … [Read more...] about OPP urges public to stop using drones in search for boy in Grand River
caption Richard Suchanuk cuts grass in front of one of his rental properties in Marktown section — a former company town — of East Chicago, Indiana, April 16, 2013. source Getty Images Mega-corporations – from Facebook to Amazon – are creating modern-day company towns. In Menlo Park, California, Facebook plans to build a new campus with 1,500 residences, a walkable retail district, a grocery store, and a hotel for its employees. Meanwhile, Amazon recently announced that it will build a second headquarters that could effectively turn the chosen city into a company town – much like what happened to Seattle when the online retail giant came to Seattle in the late 1990s. Dubbed HQ2, approximately 50,000 employees will work there. Since the 19th century, companies have built company towns across the United States – municipalities where they own large percentages of the housing, stores, schools, churches, roads, and parks. In these … [Read more...] about Facebook and Amazon are so big they’re creating their own company towns — here’s the 200-year evolution